Men's Basketball

UMass Opens Puerto Rico Tip-Off In Prime Time Against Providence

Terrell Vinson

Terrell Vinson

July 26, 2012

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The Massachusetts men's basketball team will open play in the 2012 Puerto Rico Tip-Off against Providence on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.

UMass and PC have met 27 previous times with the Friars holding a 22-5 series lead. The teams played at least once every year from 1962-80 with the majority of those contests in the Yankee Conference. PC won the last two games, claiming a 61-60 overtime win in Providence in 1999 and a 85-70 outcome in Amherst in 2000.

The other game in the Minutemen's half of the bracket will see NC State play Penn State at 5 p.m. on ESPN2. The winners will meet on Friday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. on either ESPN2 or ESPNU, with the losers playing at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3.

The remaining first round games will see Akron play Oklahoma State and UNC Asheville against Tennessee.

The championship round will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18. All 12 games in the event will be shown on ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3.

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The bracket for the 2012 Puerto Rico Tip-Off, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 15, 16 & 18, has been set for the eight competing teams: Akron, Massachusetts, UNC Asheville, NC State, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Providence and Tennessee.

A minimum of six games will air on ESPNU, two on ESPN2, including the Championship Game on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. ET. ESPN3 will have the three remaining games and the entire tournament will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at and through smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

Tournament highlights: · In an early men's preseason top 25 poll, NC State is ranked No. 6 and will face Penn State in first-round action on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. · ESPNU will be the home for the remaining three first-round games - Akron vs. Oklahoma State at 10:30 a.m.; UNC Asheville vs. Tennessee at 12:30 p.m.; and Providence vs. Massachusetts at 7:30 p.m. · Five of the eight teams competing in the field earned 2012 postseason berths

The family-friendly tournament and resort destination of Puerto Rico host the teams to twelve games over three days of play, practices and immersion into the Puerto Rican culture and landscape. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship match.

Travel packages and discounted hotel accommodations are available to fans through Anthony Travel, the official travel provider of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Packages include hotel accommodations at the team hotel, game day transportation, an all-session pass to the games and access to an exclusive banquet reception with the players and coaches (limited availability). For more information or to book your travel to the tournament, please visit the or call 888-632-6951.

Alabama claimed the 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off title. Additional Puerto Rico Tip-Off winners include Minnesota (2010), Villanova (2009), Xavier (2008) and Miami (2007).

The Puerto Rico Tip-Off is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television, Inc. (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.



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